Judy Garland

Michael Feinstein and Pasadena Pops open their summer season

Michael Feinstein and Pasadena Pops open their summer season

Michael Feinstein opened his fourth season as principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops on Saturday night pretty much the way he opened his first season in 2013. The specific theme may have been different, but the general idea was the same: exploring hidden or underexposed corners of the Great American Songbook.

The concept is infinitely flexible if the programmer puts in a lot of diligent hunting and gathering, which Feinstein has been happy to do throughout his career. The Pasadena Symphony and Pops has been happy to let him; in May, the organization extended his contract for a second time, now through 2019.

Feinstein sings more often at these concerts than he once did,...

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